Learn Spanish & walk Spain's National Parks

“Combine daily Spanish language classes with a couple of guided hikes in Sierra Nevada National Park on an immersive week in Granada. Lots of accommodation and walking options.”


Choice of accommodation in Granada | 2 x guided walks a week | daily Spanish language lessons | afternoons free for sightseeing, shopping or self-guided hiking |

Description of Learn Spanish & walk Spain's National Parks

Come and learn Spanish as you walk over some of southern Spain’s most exciting mountain trails and explore in the beautiful natural surrounds of Sierra Nevada National Park.

There are an enviable choice of country trails and a variety of landscapes all accessible for walkers and hikers right from the doorstep of our language school with nearby Granada offering an array of excuses to escape into the city streets and continue to practise your newfound language skills.

Combining walking with learning how to speak Spanish really makes sense with the peaks and valleys of the Alpujarras offering all manner of reasons to work up an appetite against an incredible mountain background.

Selecting the type of walking tour is just as straightforward as which language lessons best suit with an abundance of seasonal variations allowing for a wider grasp of regional vocabulary always best discovered in the company of an expert Spanish-speaking guide.

More info on our Spanish language course:
Classes are in the morning and include 4 x 45min sessions
All levels of Spanish language can be included: A0, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2

More info about our walking programme:
We offer two guided hikes per week which take place during the afternoon,
Group sizes are for a maximum of two students,
All fitness levels and walking interests can be catered for.

We offer the following accommodation options:
Shared student flats and kitchen at the language school;
Shared residential flats and fully facilitated communal kitchen;
Stay with a local family, teacher or student in their home;
Stay in a local hotel, hostel or self-catering apartment in Granada;
Stay at the Casa Rural.

Travel Team

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The Sierra Nevada National Park is a paradise for hikers, with an incredible range of scenery on offer. As you climb up from Granada, lush river valleys and pine forests give way to seemingly barren mountains with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and Granada. On a clear day, you can even see right across the Mediterranean to Morocco.

One of the most appealing aspects of walking in the Sierra Nevada is the incredible peace and quiet. Due to the huge size of the National Park and the fact that few people outside Spain are aware of the excellent hiking available, you can spend the whole day in the mountains and hardly meet anyone. In fact, the Sierra Nevada covers 85,883 hectares, making it the biggest National Park in Spain. A further 89,966 hectares are designated natural park, giving a total protected area of 174,849 hectares. Virtually the whole of that area has also been recognised as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
The highest peaks in the park are Mulhacén (3479 metres above sea level, making it the highest mountain in mainland Spain), Veleta (3396 m) and Alcazaba (3336 m). The park is incredibly rich in plant and animal life, much of it unique to the area. You are likely to see lots of rare flowers, birds and lizards, as well as the occasional ibex (mountain goat).

Participants will visit different areas of the Park. The National Park area is a location of outstanding importance for their wildlife and geology, with ecosystems that have been little altered by human activity. It has the highest degree of protection, sometimes with restricted access to certain areas within them. Participants will receive extensive information about the protection politic of Sierra Nevada Natural Park and the National Park area. They basically have to know, that
- access to the National Park is only possible by non-motorised transport (horses, bicycles or on foot).
- it is strongly forbidden to take away any plants or stones. Participants will receive a dossier about "endemic flora and fauna".

We organize this package in collaboration with local guides from Alfacar village, a small rural village inside Sierra Nevada Natural Park.

The Impacts of this Trip

The Spanish course & hiking package is offered in collaboration with local guides from Alfacar village, a small village inside the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. This park combines scenic beauty and ecological importance, as well as being home to the highest peaks on the peninsula. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1986. It is located to the southeast of Granada and extends to the eastern edge of Almería. It has both gentle slopes and steep cliffs, and is home to the highest peaks on the Iberian peninsula, the Mulhacén and the Veleta. It is a site of exceptional scenic value, shaped by its glacial origins and containing forests and diverse areas of natural vegetation. The park also has rich hydrological resources, including several natural mineral springs. Fifteen of its peaks are over 3,000 metres high. Our program permits to discover areas that are relatively unknown. Through the hiking afternoons people can enjoy the quietness of Granada’s landscape. The local guides, that are inhabitants of the small towns, have the possibility to show the beauty of the place where they live. At the same time and through this type of packages for sustainable tourism, we support local guides and their economical incomings. These rural villages are located outside the main tourist aeras. Inhabitants live basically from incomings proceding from agriculture. Our participants have the possibility to buy handmade handicrafts (such us ceramics) and especially ecological food (such as wine, cheese, bread, oliveoil) in the villages, in the case they need to do so. We will finish the hiking afternoons with a small dinner at a local restaurant. Thanks to this type of programmes, we contribute to promote outdoor tourism in these villages. In the future this type of sustainable tourism can become an alternative for the locals to obtain economical incomings.


2 Reviews of Learn Spanish & walk Spain's National Parks

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

So many things: The Spanish school was really nice, helpful and the teachers were great. classes were small;
The walking option was FANTASTIC. my guide, Teresa, knows the hills around Granada really well and it was a delight to talk with her. The scenery is
wonderful and we talked completely in Spanish. My confidence as a Spanish speaker has improved;
The Alhambra can't be missed - beautiful and unique. But very crowded;
My homestay host was ideal for me - at the same stage in life and happy to chat and exchange stories. Her flat was less than ten minutes from the school.
And, of course, the flamenco. I went to a show in the shadow of the Alhambra, organised by the school. It was stunning. But even the flamenco groups
playing, singing and dancing in the streets are amazingly good.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you want to improve your Spanish and soak yourself in Spanish culture, this is the ideal place to go. If you enjoy hill-walking at all, choose the walking as an
extra option

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It definitely helped local people. As well as financially, my family really seemed to enjoy having me. promoting hill-walking as a tourism option for Granada
has to help with our awareness of the importance of respecting our environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed on 08 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The city of Granada with its historic sights and mixed culture, the beauty of the Sierra Nevada national parks, and the quality of the language school (escueala Montalban).

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Sommers in Granada can be too hot for hiking, if you book the language and hike option aim for spring or autumn which is just perfect! Do attend the cultural program offered by the school, it is a great opportunity to practice Spanish.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, very much so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was amazing! Spending the morning in class and having free afternoons to explore Granada is a perfect combination. The school and teachers were great, I learned a lot in just two weeks and would never have thought that I would ever again love going to school so much. Granada is beautiful and so full of history, the suroundings are stanning with lots of national parks and the light is amazing for all who love photography. The team of Responsible Travel was also very helpful, professional and attentive.

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